Newsletter for Sunday, July 5
INSTAGRAM OF THE DAY
Billy Penn stands proud above the city on July 4; photo of @meghalkelly’s chalk art via @kelbournewollens on Instagram
P.J. WHELIHAN’S QUEST FOR THE PERFECT BAR FOOD MENU
Restaurants change their menus all the time. Thanks to in-house printers and easy layout apps, some chefs switch up their menus as regularly as every day. That can work well when a chef is running a single kitchen, but for a chain, even one that’s independently owned and run, things aren’t quite as simple. The P.J. Whelihan’s folks recognized this, and developed a system that includes focus groups and beta testing. Thanks to an invite to go behind the scenes, Billy Penn got a look at how it goes down.
MÜTTER MUSEUM’S NEW EXHIBIT: A PENN PHD STUDENT’S ART INSPIRED BY BRAIN SCANS
When Greg Dunn was at Penn working toward his PhD in neuroscience, he was struck by something about the brain scans he was seeing all day. He connected with an electrical engineer and developed a new form of artistry called micro-etchings, a way of printing that allows viewers to see different lighting and images as they view the art from different angles. His pieces make up the Mütter Museum’s newest solo exhibition called Mind Illuminated. We’ve got a preview, but to truly experience the artworks, you really have to see them for yourself.
ICYMI: 8 HISTORIC PHOTOS OF INDEPENDENCE DAY IN PHILADELPHIA
Something about Fourth of July feels extra special in Philly, the birthplace of America. These moments — some comforting, others not so much —serve as a reminder of how this city has celebrated the Fourth over the last century.
ON THE CALENDAR
NATIONAL FRIED CHICKEN DAY
Giving Independence Day a run for its money as most-American holiday is National Fried Chicken Day, which brings a bonus opportunity for Philadelphians. On this day only, all Federal Donuts locations will offer the fried chicken sandwich usually only sold at #PortFedNuts at Spruce Street Harbor Park. A Martin’s potato roll holds a boneless, battered chicken breast dusted with buttermilk ranch seasoning and layered with American cheese, Red Hot mayonnaise and dill pickle chips. ‘Murica, FTW.
When: 11 AM ’til sellout, Monday, July 6
Where: All FedNuts locations (Pennsport, Center City, UCity, West Poplar)
How Much: $7 per sandwich
SPIRIT OF WEDNESDAY AT THE TRESTLE INN
Skip Center City Sips (or just use it as a pre-game) and spend your Wednesday evening in the neighborhood formerly known as the Eraserhood. The Trestle Inn keeps the “Loft District” real with upscale go-go dancing, and this month organizers are swapping beer for spirits in the weekly tasting designed to introduce drinkers to new delights. Free tastes of Sly Fox Grisette (a Belgian-style saison-type beer) will be offered, along with $3 draft speicals.
When: 7 – 9 PM, Wednesday, July 8
Where: The Trestle Inn, 339 N. 11th St.
How Much: Pay as you go
GREENSGROW MOBILE MARKET AT FREE LIBRARY
Callowhill and Fairmounters, get psyched: you’re getting a new weekly farmer’s market. The Free Library is partnering with the Kensington nursery/farm/CSA/community kitchen to bring fresh produce to the Ben Franklin Parkway every Thursday afternoon. And this is not just for the well-off: all kinds of vouchers are accepted (including SNAP/EBT, WIC & SFMNP), and the market will offer Philly Food Bucks, coupons that extend a dollar’s reach. Worth supporting, even if you already get your veggies elsewhere.
When: 2 – 4 PM, Thursdays through September
Where: In front of the Parkway Central Library, 1901 Vine St.
How Much: Pay as you go
LOCAL FOOD GUIDE RELEASE PARTY
Each year, nonprofit Fair Food and sustainable-focused mag GRID team up to release a compendium of local restaurants, chefs, CSAs, farmer’s markets and more. If you’re interested in meeting folks involved in this (rapidly growing) sphere, make sure to RSVP for the guide’s release party, held at the Point Breeze Pop Up Beer Garden (yes, that one). Expect local eats from food trucks and plenty of great beer.
When: 5 – 10 PM, Thursday, July 9
Where: Point Breeze Pop Up Beer Garden, 1622 Point Breeze Ave.
How Much: Pay as you go (RSVP and get a free beer)
PATTI LABELLE AT THE DELL
Originally constructed in 1929 as the summer home for the Philadelphia Orchestra, the Dell Music Center in east Fairmount Park recently underwent a serious renovation, and is ready to kick off a summer season with world-famous Philadelphian Patti LaBelle. Pay no attention to the fact that she was most recently on Dancing with the Stars; this diva has some serious pipes, and will be rocking them throughout the night.
When: 7 PM, Thursday, July 9
Where: Dell Music Center, 2400 Strawberry Mansion Dr.
How Much: Tickets (here) start at $20